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Old 11-05-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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EQ for your Monitors

So, we all know that unless you're balling out of control, you'll probably end up with monitors that need to be EQed to give a true, flat frequency response.

My first question is, how many of you use software vs. hardware and what are you using?

I've decided to get a 30 channel EQ as my studio desk has empty rack mounts and, I mean, we all love hardware!

My second question is, what hardware EQ would you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I think at most I would spend $300.

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Old 11-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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Re: EQ for your Monitors

Honestly I dont think most people are EQing their monitors. Look at the system KRK makes...it reads your room accoustics and adjusts to compensate. Think its around 400.

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

$500 for something I can do myself for $100??? I'll pass on that, lol.

I like the idea behind it though... it's just too much money for a faulty device.

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Old 12-05-2013, 03:20 AM   #4
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Re: EQ for your Monitors

I've never heard of people EQ'ing their monitors either. That would kinda take away the point by buying monitors in the first place, cause then you'd be able to adjust any speaker to have a flat frequency response.

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

We call it calibrating - sounds much fancier.


Also I have never done this.
Also I don't sell music for money.
We do have calibration tools for our computer screens though as my wife makes her living through photography.
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Re: EQ for your Monitors

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$500 for something I can do myself for $100??? I'll pass on that, lol.

I like the idea behind it though... it's just too much money for a faulty device.
Well then spend 300 dollars on an EQ man, I don't think you are going to get the results you want.

BTW, how were you planning to measure the output of the monitors to check if your EQing has flattened them?

Why don't you save your money and buy good monitors, this whole path seems ass backwards. As Dippshoe said, if you could use any old speakers and a cheap EQ to flatten them, why would anyone buy monitors?

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Well then spend 300 dollars on an EQ man, I don't think you are going to get the results you want.

BTW, how were you planning to measure the output of the monitors to check if your EQing has flattened them?

Why don't you save your money and buy good monitors, this whole path seems ass backwards. As Dippshoe said, if you could use any old speakers and a cheap EQ to flatten them, why would anyone buy monitors?
Well, I already have decent monitors (KRK Rokit 8's) but I've found them to be not-as-flat as I want. I was going to use a microphone and a spectrum analyzer go through all of the bands and adjust accordingly. This will also adjust any issues with my not-so-perfect studio.

It's kind of cheapish step until I can do more extensive work with sound proofing and drop $1200 on intense monitors.

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Well, I already have decent monitors (KRK Rokit 8's) but I've found them to be not-as-flat as I want. I was going to use a microphone and a spectrum analyzer go through all of the bands and adjust accordingly. This will also adjust any issues with my not-so-perfect studio.

It's kind of cheapish step until I can do more extensive work with sound proofing and drop $1200 on intense monitors.
I believe they are a bit bass heavy from what I've heard?
If you look beyond that, they should be pretty good. Why not get to know your 8's and go with them the way they are.
Mixing with speakers you know well is way better than pouring tons of cash in to expensive gear to tweak them just that tiny bit.

EDIT: Btw, are the frequency response on the mic you are going to use flat? Probably not. So they won't give you an accurate analysis of the sound, I'm afraid.

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Old 12-05-2013, 05:51 AM   #9
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Re: EQ for your Monitors

I might be talking out my ass, but I don't think that's going to work. I'm really not trying to shit in your cheerios. Give it a shot though as I have absolutely no evidence to back this up. Just some googling around...

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

I think you guys might be right...

I mean, I've had these monitors for a couple years now and know them well but... it also means I know their weaknesses...

Oh well. Truth be told, they still do a great job. I guess I'm just being anal.

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

I mean, I feel like if this was something that worked we'd have heard more about it or someone would have jumped on here and said, "yes, this is the way to do it!"

Nothing wrong with wanting a better mixing space, I just don't see this working out. The discrepancies between an inexpensive EQ, a microphone, the spectral analyzer...etc...I just don't know. I know it's possible to get good mixes in bedroom studio, I hear them all the time.

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I think you guys might be right...

I mean, I've had these monitors for a couple years now and know them well but... it also means I know their weaknesses...

Oh well. Truth be told, they still do a great job. I guess I'm just being anal.
Out of curiosity; what is their weakness?
I got the 6's myself.

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

I used to have KRKs rokit 6s, I thought the mids were muddy.

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I used to have KRKs rokit 6s, I thought the mids were muddy.
I prefer my krk's to my akg k240 II's, might be because I'm a speaker guy.
I haven't really thought about the mids too much, but you might be right.

What are you using now, Relic?

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

Well, for their cost, they are very, very strong speakers. Just for me personally, there is a slight fluctuation in the lower end of the spectrum. I figured I could hammer out these minor issues with a 31 band EQ but I'm thinking I might just need to buckle down and get the 10" KRK sub....

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

Haha, I like my AKG240s a lot.

Equator Audio D5s.

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Haha, I like my AKG240s a lot.

Equator Audio D5s.
I can't seem to get the mix right with my AKG's. I guess it's just me being used to my KRK's

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EDIT: MKoussa are you trying to add low end? What do you mean by fluctuations? You'd want to check out the low end roll off, but you can't make a pair of speakers producer sound in a frequency range that they can't reach. You could boost frequencies near the roll off, but I don't think it'd turn out well.

@Dippshoe, I felt like the AKGs helped me.

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Re: EQ for your Monitors

If you want a decently flat frequency response at a rather low budget I suggest the yamaha HS50ms. If you know what you are doing your production will translate very well onto any other kind of speakers. Be it car stereos or home systems. They are very detailed, and shows you exactly what doesnt sound right in the mix. They lack a lot of bass though. Maybe if you have the money invest in the subwoofer that is in the HS series. Or get the bigger size monitors which are the HS80ms. I've had mine for almost 2 years now and I must say it was a very good purchase.
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Re: EQ for your Monitors

I have been considering trying this even though I have heard it isn't recommended (compared to treating your room). My problem is my studio sounds terrible (not my monitors). It is almost a perfect cube with the ceiling the same height as the width and the length only a fraction longer. This gives me lots of problems getting an accurate low end. When I sweep a sine wave I get heaps of obvious peaks and nulls.

It should be pretty easy to tune by ear and an eq but I'm not to confident it will work. It won't hurt to try, so Ill let you know the results.

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